Monday
Nov102014

December 4 Meeting 2014: Thursday, 7PM; Speakers: Our Own Pete Duncombe; Subject: Springs Updates

The meeting is Thursday, December 4 at the Garden Club Building on the Lorenzi Park property, 3333 W. Washington Ave., near the corner of Twin Lakes Drive (renumbering of address occurred, but Google maps, and various website settings are not updated yet.) The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to brings something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

Speaker's Topic

This is a substitute for our original plan. Thanks to Pete, he's agreed at the last minute to put together some information about current happenings and maybe future plans at the Springs Preserve. We should be involved in the Garden and Trails at the Springs, as these areas harbour the plants we preserve and love. Thank you PETE!

What's in Your Microclimate?

This is a sample photo (Tortoise Habitat) from one of our members. This member gentleman is rarely seen, but does bring plants to show at our events. He's another one of us "cactus and succulent junkies" that got the habit over at Turners. While I too may be somewhat to blame for his at least partial addiction, I will likely not inform him of the 100+ step to C&S rehab.  This one and others of his will be on our website gallery by the weekend.

Please consider submitting some of your favorite photos of your plants or garden spots

Other Agenda Items:

Watch email for information about the Holiday Pot Luck Sunday, December 14.

Results of Election of Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Sam Johnson, Treasurer; Secretary, Vicki Yuen. At large board members will be named at a later date. Volunteers for various activities are sought.

GENERATIONS & FRIENDS: HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HIKES, WALKS, PARKS AND PLACES: Start planning your OUTDOOR activies for 2015. If you have fun, you might decide to make it a habit and visit the same place again in 2016. Grab someone from the neighborhood, a friend, or family member and go see some of nature's best. Below is a list of what a special subset of members we call the "Hiker Dudes" did in the spring of 2009. 

Date Range, Location and What They Were HUNTING!  (Credits belong to Hiker Dudes)

  •  Mid to late March:  Christmas tree pass/Searchlight, NV. Echinomastus  johnsonii ssp. lutescens and taking a drive through Christmas tree  pass if time allows. Associated species- dudleya arizonica, nolina  parryi, Opuntia chlorotica, Opuntia bigelovii
  • Late March:  Victor's favorite place to go. Victorville/Oro Grande and Barstow,CA area if time. Sclerocactus polyancistrus in a dying region. Other species associated Dudleya, Echinocactus polycephalus  and Penstemon spectabilis
  • Early to mid April:  (Pesky Plant Sales may cause Calendar Conflicts)  Beatty, Yucca Mtn., Ryolite, and Daylight Pass. Large populations of sclerocactus polyancistrus and echinocactus polycephalus
  • Mid April:  (Pesky Plant Sales may cause Calendar Conflicts)  Barstow/Ft. Irwin and Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA Sclerocactus polyancistrus and observing local wildflowers.
  • Mid to late April:  Tonopah, Goldfield and Beatty. Sclerocactus polyancistrus and Sclerocactus nyensis populations.
  • Late April:  Panaca, Bennet Springs, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Canyon Springs Summit, Caliente. Sclerocactus Schlesseri, Echinocereus mojavensis, and Opuntia whipplei. Very interesting place to go.
  • Early May (12-14 hrs or 2 days.):  Donnie’s favorite place. House Rock Valley, Jacob Lake,  Fredonia, AZ. Four endangered Pediocactus. P. bradyi, P.  Paradinei, P. sileri, P. peeblesianus, Sclerocactus parviflorus, Echinocereus canyonensis, Agave kaibabensis.
  • 2nd Week May (very long maybe 12-14 hr):  Rachel, Warm Springs, Hancock summit and Currant (AKA middle of nowhere) Potential return routes  through hwy 375(ET) or hwy 95 via Tonopah. Very small Sclerocactus (about the size of a 50 cent piece), Agave eborispina, Echinocereus mojavensis and Opuntia pulchella.
  • Mid May:  South of Tonopah, Silver Peak, Columbus mine and Lida if time allows. Sclerocactus nyensis, Opuntia pulchella and sclerocactus  polyancistrus
  • Mid to late May:  Death Valley National Park:   Auggerberry Point & Surprise Canyon.  Enter through Pahrump side. Sclerocactus polyancistrus, Dudleya, Echinomastus johnsonii, Echinocactus polycephalus, Ferocactus acanthodes, Mimulus rupicola and Salvia funerea.
  • Late May:  Lida Summit, Oasis summit, Goldfield summit. Highest population  of Sclerocactus polyancistrus, Opuntia pulchella, Penstemon floridus ssp. austinii, yucca brevifolia and maybe lewisii rediviva ssp. minor.
  • Early June:  Ely, Sacramento pass, Baker, Great Basin National Park, Skull Rock  Pass, UT and Kings Canyon, UT. If I do not get photos of Sclerocactus blaineyi near Currant, NV we will return through 375 via 93. Pediocactus simpsonii, Sclerocactus pubispinus, Sclerocactus spinosior, Opuntia pulchella, Echinocereus mojavensis, Penstemon nanus, Penstemon confusus, Penstemon immanifestus, Penstemon barnebyi and Penstemon dolius.
  • 3rd Week in June:  Longest day of the year. Back to Great Basin National park for a hike to the top of the second highest mtn. in NV. Pediocactus simpsonii at 11,200 ft. Many Alpine flowers and good to escape Las Vega's Heat.
  • Late June:  Bonanza Trail at top of Lee Canyon. Good hike:   See Pahrump and Las Vegas at the same time.

 

Sunday
Nov022014

November 6 Meeting 2014: Thursday, 7PM; Speaker: Thomas Bohannon: Ferocactus: A Hunk of Burning Love +++ and it's Officer Elections! (please come vote)

The meeting is Thursday, November 6 at the Garden Club Building on the Lorenzi Park property, 3333 W. Washington Ave., near the corner of Twin Lakes Drive (renumbering of address occured, but google maps, and various website settings are not updated yet.) The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to brings something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Thomas Bohannon

Thomas has a background in herbaceous plants and recently fell in love with xeric desert plants. He is currently continuing his education and interests while in the employment of Moon-Sun Cactus & Koi Garden Nursery. Tonight's presentation will include Ferocactus and other desert plant material. Please welcome Thomas and bring your questions. It's time to learn more about plants!

Other Agenda Items:

Show Recap

Election of Officers: Nominating Committee (Patrick) will present the slate of individuals running for positions on the Executive Board. The Executive Board may, if time is available, also appoint the "at large" Board Members.

GENERATIONS DRIVE: While at the Las Vegas Fall NGC Fall Conference Stephanie and I heard reports from other local clubs that have started encouraging gardening and membership of all ages. People are experiencing the enjoyment of gardening with people and family members of all ages. One way of expanding interests to youth is by adopting a group, or by participating with a group at their meeting, or inviting 4Her's and Scouts to our meetings or outings. Thoughts?

Ideas for "meet ups" for hikes, walks, parks, and places.  Thoughts?

Friday
Sep192014

October 2 Meeting 2014: Thursday, 7PM; Speaker: ML Robinson and it's SHOW TIME

The meeting is Thursday, October 2 at the Garden Club Building on the Lorenzi Park property, 3333 W. Washington Ave., near the corner of Twin Lakes Drive (renumbering of address occured, but google maps, and various website settings are not updated yet.) The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to brings something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: ML Robinson, Specialist, Horticulture

ML is a favorite guest speaker. This month we get timely advice on DIY GREENHOUSES and OTHER COLD WEATHER CACTUS TIPS.I'm ready for a trip to the hardware store. Let's "DO THIS," (my house first).

ML''s 22-year career in Environmental Horticulture and related fields as an Associate Professor/Specialist for the University of Nevada and the University of Florida has taken him into many deserts and worldly outreaches! His adventurous spirit combined with his intellect has produced within him a knowledgeable and yet "crazy kinda guy." ML can be seen embracing trees, snakes, lizards, plants, and sometimes people. It's a love of life and he just goes for it.


(Other Programs for which he is noted: Desert Bio-scape (sustainable horticulture), Desert Green (a two-day annual conference and mini trade show), Environmentally Friendly Pest Control, Integrated Pest Management and Training, and Correctional Horticulture Training.)

Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them with you. Club membership is nice, but not required.

IT'S SHOW TIME: Get ready for our Fall Show and Sale: October 11 and 12 at Moon-Sun Cactus and Koi GardensGet your plants and staging ready. The spring show was impressive, but let's out do ourselves! We always need Volunteers for any and everything at the show and sale. Here's a link to their website:  http://www.moon-sunlandscapes.com/

This is going to be a BEST! Show your large and small --- tidy or scruffy as long as "nobody" has bugs." We want to see how you spend your time and what gives you the feel good feedback from nurturing your plants. Bring your plants and your pocket full of money because there are special goodies at our host's nursery as well as some absolutely knock out vendors. I can hardly wait to see my friend Cliff Meng and his wife Linda. For those of you not in the know, Cliff is known as the "Fat Plant Man." Come see why. SERIOUSLY! 

SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTION: A LUIS BRAVO-MOON SUN PRODUCTION: BARBACOA HIDALGO for as long as it lasts. If you haven't had it ..... you haven't had it.

Other Agenda Items:

Appointment of Nominating Committee for Executive Board of Directors election which will be held at the November meeting.  We need a strong Executive Board and a well rounded slate of "at large" board members. New blood with fresh ideas are welcome. Please consider giving the club an hour or two a month.

Update from member BOB MIDDAG: about his volunteer effort at the Cactus Garden renovation at the Laura Dearing Elementary School.

The NGC Garage Sale October 18 benefits the overal all Garden Clubs Ways and Means fund - which needs income to help offset the funding deficits. Funds raised will also help generate fees for the Regional Convention in 2016. The Fall Flower Show is also that day at the Garden Center 

NGC Fall Conference: November 1, "Celebration of 150 Years of Statehood for Nevada." This event is at the Garden Club Building. Call letter will be available at the meeting.

Ideas for "meet ups" for hikes, walks, parks, and places.

Hope to see you and some friends!

Monday
Aug042014

September Meeting 2014: Sept. 4, 7PM, Garden Club Bldg.Guest Speaker Eunice Thompson

The meeting is Thursday, September 4 at the Garden Club Building on the Lorenzi Park property, 3333 W. Washington Ave., near the corner of Twin Lakes Drive (renumbering of address occured, but google maps, and various website settings are not updated yet.) The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to brings something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Eunice Thompson

I was introduced to Eunice several years ago by Victor Lindsey as a person that could help our club establish a website, and that she did. She was a budding cactus and succulent enthusiast that worked with several CA clubs and mixed and mingled with all the folks "in the know." She's grown from a novice to a respected collector and individual that not only travels across continents on tours, she leads them. Victor was instrumental in orchestrating Eunice's presentation. Come see what she has brought back photographically from Namibia. This is pretty exciting! The photo below is just a tease from the internet. Welwitschia? Mesembs? Boabab? They are all there, WOW.

Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them with you. Club membership is nice, but not required.

Other Agenda Items:

Update about the volunteer effort at the Cactus Garden renovation at the Laura Dearing Elementary School.

Springs Preserve Sale:!!!! Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, 08:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.  Not a lot of succulet material, but a good collection of plants that accompany our favorite plants in the hot, cold, dry, windy Mojave!


Then, Get ready for our Fall Show and Sale: October 11 and 12 at Moon-Sun Cactus and Koi Gardens:  Get your plants and staging ready. The spring show was impressive, but let's out do ourselves! 

And finally, we always need Volunteers for any and everything at the show and sale as well as to help run the club. Please consider giving the club an hour or two a month.

Ideas for October? November? December?

Hope to see you and some friends!

Monday
Jun302014

July and August Meeting 2014: No "Regular" Meeting: Summer Gardening Event Instead!

One of the "GRANDDADDY'S" of summer cactus and succulent events:  THE INTER-CITY CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SHOW AND SALE! If you enjoy a weekend trip or a hard day trip, grab a friend, talk to someone else you know in the club, or go it alone! This is a very enjoyable event. There are photos that a couple of members took at the LA Arboretum some years ago on our website: http://www.csssn.org/photo-galleries/

Victor Lindsey writes: "... More information can be found on the net by searching Intercity Cactus Show on your favorite search engine. An article on last year's show can be found at http://www.sgvcss.com/Inter-City%20Newsletter%202014-04-27.pdf  ..."

Upcoming events near Cactus and Succulent Society of America 
Two day Show with sales of plants, containers and supplies. Show is free with Arboretum Admission. Parking Free
Arcadia, California 91007
Saturday, August 9 at 9:00am - Sunday, August 10 at 5:00pm
Joe WujcikThomas Glavich and 2 other friends joined this event
Two day Show with sales of plants, containers and supplies. Show is free with Arboretum Admission. Parking Free. 

Admissions:

Adults: $9.00
Students with ID. and Seniors age 62 and older: $6.00
Children Ages 5-12: $4.00
Children under 5: free
Members free